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ArcGIS for INSPIRE release notes

The 10.7 release of ArcGIS for INSPIRE introduces the following enhancements in addition to bug fixes.

  • Updated ArcGIS for INSPIRE to work with ArcGIS Desktop 10.7 and ArcGIS Server 10.7.
  • Improved support for Predefined Dataset Services (ATOM), including checking access for files and better error messages. The update also includes enhancements to INSPIRE Feature Download services, such as DescribeFeatureType and ListStoredQueries operations; and INSPIRE view services, such as styles and legends. The product also addresses many validation issues and is better compliant with INSPIRE specifications.
  • Implemented operational capabilities for the following data themes: Agricultural and aquaculture facilities (AF), Energy Resources (ER), and Production and industrial facilities (PF).

Standards and conformity features

See the following subsections for enhancements to standards and conformity features.

General

  • Aligns with new ArcGIS Server system architecture.
  • Multilingual support for all components: INSPIRE network services, administration/configuration pages, ArcMap INSPIRE tools.
  • Administration/ Configuration user interface (UI) within Esri ArcCatalog and ArcGIS Manager (web).

INSPIRE view services

  • Implementation of INSPIRE view services following the Technical Guidance document 3.1.
  • Support for GetFeatureInfo operation returning INSPIRE-conformant GML response on INSPIRE layers.
  • Support for Web Map Service (WMS) profile as described by Technical Guidance View Service 3.1.
  • Support for WMTS profile as described by Technical Guidance View Service 3.1.
  • Styled Layer Descriptor (SLD) support for Annex I INSPIRE layers.
  • Support for INSPIRE style (SLD based) and custom style (ArcMap .mxd).
  • ArcMap INSPIRE tools for analysing INSPIRE compliant geodatabase layers and allowing you to immediately add those to your map document.
    • Combined knowledge about INSPIRE data models and Esri geodatabase implementation.
    • Allows automatic creation of relates and joins.
  • Automatic support for all relevant INSPIRE reference systems.
  • Support for all capabilities/metadata extension elements.
  • Display of INSPIRE layers in capabilities metadata; hides technical geodatabase layers.

Layer scale dependencies support has been added (see ArcGIS for INSPIRE Server Extension Customization Guide).

INSPIRE feature download service

  • Implementation of INSPIRE feature download direct access service following Technical Guidance for the Implementation of INSPIRE Download Services (version 3.1) based on OGC Web Feature Service 2.0
  • Full support of INSPIRE data models and GML output
  • Feature server configuration for geodatabase and INSPIRE XML schema models
  • OGC WFS 1.1.1 and 2.0.0 interface
  • Ability to create stored queries and GetFeature through stored queries (if enabled by the administrator)
  • Ability to manage stored queries (if enabled by the administrator)

INSPIRE feature download service: Predefined dataset service

  • Implementation of INSPIRE feature download predefined dataset service following the Technical Guidance for the Implementation of INSPIRE Download Services (version 3.1)
  • The functionality to execute stored queries specified by the user as an extension to the feature download service

INSPIRE discovery service

  • Implementation of INSPIRE discovery services following the Technical Guidance document 3.1
  • Improved metadata editor supporting validation and editing of unbounded multiple instances of metadata elements

INSPIRE Annex I data models—Geodatabase template implementation

  • Esri geodatabase XML schema for INSPIRE Annex I data themes
  • XML/HTML documentation on geodatabase structure

INSPIRE Annex II data models—Geodatabase template implementation

  • Esri geodatabase implementation and documentation for INSPIRE Annex II Land Cover theme (LandCoverNomenclature and LandCoverVector schema)
  • Esri geodatabase implementation and documentation for INSPIRE Annex II Geology theme (Geology schema).

INSPIRE Annex III data models—geodatabase template implementation

Added geodatabase implementation and documentation for INSPIRE Annex III Area management/restriction/regulation zones and reporting units, Buildings, Environmental monitoring facilities, Habitats and biotopes, Land use, Mineral resources, Natural risk zones, Population distribution and demography, Sea regions, Soil, Species distribution, and Statistical units themes, Agricultural and aquaculture facilities (AF), Energy Resources (ER), Production and industrial facilities (PF) data themes.

Known limitations

See the following subsections for known limitations.

View service: GetFeatureInfo on mixed layer documents

An INSPIRE GetFeatureInfo view service request on more than one query layer, which includes both INSPIRE layers and other layers, returns the response regarding INSPIRE layers only.

View service: Use of INSPIRE SLD files

INSPIRE data specifications contain visualization rules that can't be expressed in SLD documents (see ProtectedSites layers).

If INSPIRE does not find an SLD document for a specific layer, it will use the defined ArcMap visualization rules for both the INSPIRE_COMMON:DEFAULT style and default styles.

INSPIRE geodatabase: Profile of names and text strings

The INSPIRE Geographical Names data specification allows the implementation of a simplified profile for the GeographicalName complex data type. In many cases, a simple implementation is sufficient and requires a significantly less complex model and database representation.

In the standard geodatabase template for the Annex I themes, the simplest profile, a text string, has been implemented, and a second profile for a geographic named place has also been added. Refer to the INSPIRE Geodatabase Templates Installation Guide for details.

In the standard geodatabase for the Annex I themes, string-valued properties are limited to 255 characters and should be sufficient for most datasets. For datasets that require support for longer string-valued properties, contact Esri Technical Support.

INSPIRE geodatabase: Arcs in cadastral parcel features

In the Cadastral Parcels theme, nonlinear interpolations are allowed (circular arcs). In this release, only geometries with linear interpolations in accordance with the Simple Feature standard (ISO 19125-1) are supported.

ArcCatalog configuration page of INSPIRE services displays a black square

In rare cases, the INSPIRE service extension configuration page in ArcCatalog may display only a black square.

Use the JavaConfigTool to disable DirectDraw. The tool can be found at <Installation location>\ArcGIS\Desktop10.6\Bin\JavaConfigTool.exe.

  1. Uncheck the Use default check box.
  2. Add the string -Dsun.java2d.noddraw=true to the Java VM arguments text box.
  3. Click OK.
  4. Restart ArcCatalog.

Running INSPIRE view services on a file geodatabase with administrative boundaries

The previous release of INSPIRE introduced a way to dynamically qualify layer definition queries with a schema and user name if such a query contains references to other tables.

The following is an example of such a query:

IFCID IN (SELECT RID FROM {0}auAdmBoundaryL_nationalLevel where nationalLevel = '5thOrder')

The placeholder string {0} will be replaced with a qualifying string when creating an ArcMap layer. As file geodatabases do not need a qualifying prefix, the placeholder will be replaced by an empty string. The software does not recognize this on service startup and won't enable this layer as an INSPIRE layer.

Do not run ArcGIS for INSPIRE AdministrativeBoundary layers on your file geodatabase or update the definition query by replacing the {0} placeholder in your file geodatabase.

The following LayerInfo table entries are affected:

AU.AdministrativeBoundary.1stOrder
AU.AdministrativeBoundary.2ndOrder
AU.AdministrativeBoundary.3rdOrder
AU.AdministrativeBoundary.4thOrder
AU.AdministrativeBoundary.5thOrder
AU.AdministrativeBoundary.6thOrder

The value of field def_query should be the following:

IFCID IN (SELECT RID FROM auAdmBoundaryL_nationalLevel where nationalLevel = '1stOrder')
IFCID IN (SELECT RID FROM auAdmBoundaryL_nationalLevel where nationalLevel = '2ndOrder')
IFCID IN (SELECT RID FROM auAdmBoundaryL_nationalLevel where nationalLevel = '3rdOrder')
IFCID IN (SELECT RID FROM auAdmBoundaryL_nationalLevel where nationalLevel = '4thOrder')
IFCID IN (SELECT RID FROM auAdmBoundaryL_nationalLevel where nationalLevel = '5thOrder')
IFCID IN (SELECT RID FROM auAdmBoundaryL_nationalLevel where nationalLevel = '6thOrder')

Feature download service: Download data not included in the MXD file

When publishing the feature download service, three stored queries are created by default to facilitate simple download of a predefined dataset, through stored query urn:x-ii:def:query:OGC-WFS::GetDatasetByCrs, even though the capability response only lists those layers that are available for download and does not list other layers in the database. However, if the user knows the database, it's possible to download data that is not included in the .mxd file but in the same database through the service.

The current workaround is to delete the default stored query and create your own customized query.

WMTS service legend URL different from that used by ArcGIS Server WMTS

Currently, the INSPIRE WMTS service capability legend URL refers to the default INSPIRE style, while the WMTS service tile generation is based more on ArcMap symbology and does not recognize the INSPIRE default style. This leads to an inconsistency between WMTS map symbology and the legend URL in the capability response.

The current workaround is to customize the WMTS map symbology and tile generation to use the default INSPIRE style; the legend URL can also be customized.

INSPIRE download service requires an enterprise geodatabase

Currently, the INSPIRE download service requires an enterprise geodatabase such as Oracle, SQL Server, or PostgreSQL. It does not work with file geodatabases.

Use an enterprise geodatabase such as Oracle, SQL Server, or PostgreSQL.

ATOM download service get spatial dataset operation is redirected to the wrong URL when using ArcGIS Web Adaptor

When using ArcGIS Web Adaptor, the URL returned by the get spatial dataset operation for the ATOM download service may be incorrect, specifically the prefix section of the URL.

The workaround is to copy the downloadable file into the ArcGIS Web Adaptor domain and make it available (for example, http://webadaptordomainname/myfile.zip), update the dataset ATOM XML accordingly, and republish the service.

INSPIRE download service GetCapabilities post operation gives a blank response if both caching and streaming are set to true

For the INSPIRE download service, when both caching and streaming are set to true, the GetCapabilities post operation gives a blank response while the get operation is working properly.

The workaround is to set either cacheGetCapabilities or streamingEnabled to false using the ArcGIS Server REST admin page for the service (for example, http://servername:6080/arcgis/admin/services/servicename.MapServer).

INSPIRE view and download services no longer respond to the HTTP GET binding of the OGC WMS/WFS interface when Disable the Services Directory is enabled in ArcGIS Server

When Disable the Services Directory is enabled in ArcGIS Server, the INSPIRE view and download services no longer respond to the HTTP GET binding of the OGC WMS/WFS interface (f parameter required).

If you need to disable the service directory, a hotfix can be made available by contacting Esri Support.